1 out of 4 children170176125
in Quebec falls behind in kindergarten.

A child’s first years of life and the environment they grow up in can influence their ability to learn, their academic success, and their path toward adulthood. Children under five are Quebec’s future; let’s give each of them the same chance for success.

A child’s first years of life and the environment they grow up in can influence their ability to learn, their academic success, and their path toward adulthood. Children under five are Quebec’s future; let’s give each of them the same chance for success.

1 out of 4
means 24,000 children

  • have trouble clearly communicating their needs,
  • have trouble following classroom routines,
  • show little interest in reading,
  • have trouble playing with other children.

These vulnerabilities can have unwanted consequences that last throughout a child’s life.

Vulnerable children

According to the 2017 Quebec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten1 (QSCDK), of the 83,000 kindergarten children who were evaluated, slightly more than one-quarter (27.7%) are identified as vulnerable in at least one of the five areas of development.

Let’s take action early for a better future

Because children’s development in their early years can influence their ability to learn, their academic success, and their adult life, it’s important to take action early.

That means giving children the best development conditions right from the start at conception to avoid problems later in life. This means giving all children an equal chance at fulfilling their potential and becoming accomplished, engaged citizens.

It is internationally recognized that societies that invest in early childhood and families have the best levels of health.

Let’s give all children the chance to reach their full potential

Although parents have a critical role to play, they’re not the only ones who can affect their child’s development. For example, as a society, we can offer quality childcare services and safe, stimulating public spaces where children can socialize.

Moreover, studies have shown that the most vulnerable children respond the best to prevention measures.

Together, let’s give Quebec’s children the chance to reach their full potential!

Investing in early childhood: A project for Quebec

Because the children of today are the grown-ups of tomorrow, it’s important to offer them the best possible start in life and an equal chance to reach their full potential. Making early childhood a priority means investing in a more educated, well-rounded, and prosperous society.

105 39 72 $1 = $6

One extra dollar invested in early childhood education can result in $6 in economic benefits.

Conference Board of Canada

105 4x

For every $1 million invested, the educational childcare sector generates four times more jobs than the construction sector.

Early Years Study 3

92 44 39 $5,000

Investing in early childhood reduces the risk that children will need specialized services. That’s equivalent to a savings of $5,000 per child before the age of 12.

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Practical, pragmatic solutions that really work

Quality and accessible educational childcare services

A major asset in developing the full potential of every child

Small children are particularly receptive to stimuli because the brain develops very quickly in early childhood. As an additional source of stimuli outside of the home, quality daycares have a positive effect on children’s development. The benefits are even greater for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Quality living spaces

Municipalities taking action for children’s well-being

Safe and accessible public spaces where all children can play, reading workshops and other quality educational activities, healthy and nutritious food that’s easy to find in public spaces—all these things contribute to the development of young children. Municipalities throughout Quebec can improve the quality of life of families in tangible ways and, at the same time, help young children develop their full potential.

Accessible health and social services

Focusing on prevention at a crucial moment

When it comes to children’s health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Access to health care and nearby services is crucial for young children’s health, well-being, and development.

Better family-work balance

Helping parents become more present and positive with their children

In Quebec, balancing work with family life is a huge source of stress for most parents. Their work responsibilities can sometimes conflict with their role as parents, creating tension. This extra stress can make parents less present, less loving, and more irritable, which can create less-than-ideal conditions for their child’s development.

Services to help parents starting at pregnancy onwards

Helping families get the best possible start

Pregnancy, childbirth, and the first moments with baby are crucial stages in a child’s health and development. Improving birth conditions is an excellent way to make sure little ones get off to a great start.

Affordable housing for everyone

Living conditions that can make a difference

The physical environment in which young children live can have an impact on their development. Growing up in an inadequate environment can affect how well they do at school. That’s why it’s also important to focus on children’s homes.

With just a few clicks, write to your elected officials to get things moving

Do you care about the well-being of young children and want to take action on their behalf? With just a few clicks, you can send a letter to your provincial MNA or your elected municipal official to let them know that together, we should be doing more for children.

This simple, tangible gesture will help make things happen and, ultimately, pave the way for better living environments and conditions for young children and their families!

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About us

The Hand in hand for the little ones initiative unites committed partners who are inspired by a common goal: 59 38 to make early childhood a priority for Quebec society.